We are sure all glitch hop fans know the name K+Lab, the New Zealand born music producer who combines his love for block-rocking hip hop with skull shaking bass lines and soul stirring funk, the K+Lab sound is a party rocking mother-ship full of musical booty.
The last 4 years have seen K+Lab performing to thousands of blissed out punters with epic tours through Australia, Canada and New Zealand including festivals such as Shambhala (cad), Northern bass (nzd), Earth frequency (aus) with tons of releases on many labels under his belt now he is coming with a special Limited Edition 12” Vinyl EP!
Thank you so much for taking the time answering our questions K+Lab, we really appreciate it!
Now you have a special limited Vinyl EP out, “Le Shakes” with Dwolf, which is huge! Could you please tell us a few words on making this album? And how come you guys put out vinyls?
- First of all thanks for having me Glitch Hop Community, GHC is such a great resource and has been essential in building the global glitch hop scene, much love!
I met Dwolf through the music scene in New Zealand, he’s one half of kick ass drum n’ bass act The Upbeats, I’ve been a huge fan of their work for a long time so naturally I threw around the idea of a colab. The sessions went really well, we banged out Ov3rexposed quite naturally and decided to do a few more and make a 3 track EP. I had been wanting to focus on some darker sounds and couldn’t think of anyone better to write that style of music with, he’s also a bit of a weirdo, probably why we get along so well. It was Adapted Records idea to do a Vinyl release as he felt it was something special, it’s Adapted’s first Vinyl release so it’s a great honour and it looks like they have some more killer Vinyl releases lined up!
In September and October you are on a New Zealand / Australia tour. How’s it been going? Are you enjoying it? What are your experiences?
- To be honest, this tour has been great, it seem like it’s been going forever and I don’t want it to stop. It’s the last show of the tour in Melbourne this week and it’s going to be a large one alongside hombre Opiuo, JPS and Kodiak Kid. I really live for the live shows, the whole time I’m writing tunes in the studio I’m thinking how I can perform them live. I always make sure I’ve got something new to bring to each performance, it helps keep the shows fresh for myself and the crowds.
Any US or European tour in the future maybe?
- There’s definitely plans to hit the USA next year, this week I’ve just signed with Cybergroove agency to help put the wheels in motion for my debut US tour. UK/Euro could definitely be on the cards as a follow on from the US tour (Fingers crossed).
What motivates you to make music ?
- I’ve always loved how music has magical powers to make you feel something, it’s the closest you can get to being a wizard.
Why is glitch hop the genre you create the most?
- Glitch hop is the platform that allows me to combine my biggest musical loves in one tidy package. I can combine elements from funk, soul, breakbeat, drum n’ bass and hip hop and they just work within the glitch hop infrastructure.
What other new projects do you have in the making? Any future releases and collaborations with other artists?
- The Spacedirt remix compilation isn’t too far away, which features some V.I.P’s from myself and remixes from Skope, Sola Rosa, Defunk, Alias, FarfetchD, Goosebumpz, William Breakspear and more! Other than that I’m currently working on a colab with Stickybuds & The Mic Smith as well as some remixes for some artists I’m unable to mention at this point in time. In 2015 I’m looking at putting together a follow up album to Spacedirt in 2015 which will feature a good swag of guest producers and collaborators. So lots more.
What is your “dream collaboration? What artist or artists would you love to work with (any genres)?
- I’d love to make a raw as hell track with “The Prodigy”.
Do you remember the very first track you ever made? Do you still have it? What was it like?
- Sheeeit that would have been around 15 years ago! I was in a band called Bulletproof with my brother, I use to wear green furry pants, wear yellow glasses and we used to make a weird fusion of trip hop rock and electronica. We did a recording for a compilation but you’d be pressed to find one of those, probably a pretty good thing we were pretty rubbish hahaa, have to start somewhere!
Tell us about your music making process? What do you need so you can compose? Any quirks or routines? Tell us some workshop secrets!
- I always leave the house and go have a coffee in the morning before I hit the studio, it’s the part where I get excited to get in the studio and start coming up with ideas. As far as the writing process goes there is a hell of a lot of jamming, I’ll generally start with a beat and then I’ll just vomit out tons of riffs and musical ideas on my Keytar or Keyboard until something clicks, then I hit record, when I feel like I’ve finished a tune it must pass my dance test. I don’t really have any work shop secrets except that collaboration has been essential for me to grow as an artist.
What was your original plan careerwise? I mean, have you wanted to be a musician since you were a kid? Or did you have other plans before this whole producing thing came up?
- There’s never been a plan B, it’s just been make it up as you go, music has just been something I’ve always done, it’s like I can be the best version of myself when I’m making, performing and living music, I’ve tried having “real” office type jobs and it just doesn’t resonate with me.
Do you have a side job besides making music, or that’s all you do now?
- I do a bit of freelance design work from home (http://labtab.co.nz) most the works are for record labels / promoters and other artists / producers. I also make my own Tee shirts and have even designed some woman’s leggings featuring a Beastie boys line.
What country would you like to go to play gigs, a country you never been to before? Why there?
- I would like to play in the Amazon, I would like to try and get monkeys to dance?
New Zealand is one of the leading countries on the glitch hop scene. Why do you think there’s so much quality glitch hop music coming from there? What is it like over there? Are there many events, gigs and parties? Is there a growing glitch hop culture over there?
- New Zealand has a really strong bass music scene in general for it’s size, I guess it’s just super to be inspired when there’s so many people around you making kick ass music, it’s a domino effect. There’s some great festivals here that focus on bass music, it’s cool how we can get 10’s of thousands of punters to festivals that essentially have an underground line up. I recently went to speak at the Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand (MAINZ) and the students showed me their tunes, all of which were glitch hop, so there is definitely a future for the sound here.
Thank you very much for answering our questions we hope you keep that top notch glitch hop music coming we all love and enjoy! Thank you!